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Conference Seminars and Workshops are 1-hour, 15-minute programs taught by world renown instructors  on the Friday and Saturday of Fire-Rescue.  These classroom-based programs are held in the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.
Conference Seminars and Workshops are FREE to all members.  

Starting a Fire Department EMS First Responder Agency

This program will describe from soup to nuts how a fire department can plan for, start, sustain, and make successful a fire department first responder program. Early pitfalls to avoid, tips for start-up, mutual aid agreements with local EMS agencies, and ways to sustain a program and make it successful are just a few of the points that will be covered. The news SC DHEC regulations regarding changes to rapid responder programs will be covered in detail. If you are even THINKING about starting a first responder program, this class is a must attend!

Instructor: Robert Wronski

June 28 – 9:00 am-10:15 am

Location: CMCC

Economy of Force at Extrication Incidents

Economy of Force is one of the nine Principles of War based on early theories and continues to be a key component of modern day warfare. It is the principle of employing all available combat power in the most effective way possible and the judicious employment and distribution of forces towards the primary objective. Through three key components, training, preparation, and emergency operations, we will explore how to apply Economy of Force to successfully mitigate an extrication incident and ultimately have a positive patient outcome. This presentation initially discusses how…(MORE)

Instructor: Les Baker

June 28 -9:00 am-10:15 am
June 29 – 1:00 pm-2:15 pm

 

Location: CMCC

Stretching Long, Working Short

This course will discuss the stretching of lines beyond the pre-connect. The course will focus on simplifying the most complex of stretches and present solutions to ensure success, efficiency, and success when utilizing lines that are not pre-connected. This course will present methods for all types of departments that can be designed around the layouts of various hose beds and apparatus. This course is built on simplicity and simplifying the most complex into manageable tasks.

Instructor: Jonah Smith

June 28 – 9:00 am-10:15 am

Location: CMCC

Developing the Next Generation of Fire Service Leaders

Professional development is the planned, progressive and lifelong process of education, training, self-development and experience that one gains during their development. In the fire service, professional development is a critical element of being a leader and a professional. When we step up to accept the responsibility of leadership, we also accept an obligation to continue our training, education, learning, personal experience and growth as we strive to improve our … (MORE)

Instructor: Doug Cline

June 28 – 9:00 am-10:15 am

Location: CMCC

Building a Tradition of Passion

This course is all about bringing passion back to our firehouses and its importance to morale and teamwork. It is designed for firefighters of all ranks and experience levels with a focus on the role of the Company Officer. The course is built around the core values of passion, dedication, and accountability. Building a Tradition of Passion is derived from my personal love for the job as well as…(MORE)

Instructor: Marc Aloan 

June 28 – 9:00 am-10:15 am
June 28 – 3:30 pm-4:45 pm

 

Location: CMCC

So You Want to be A Transport Agent?

With the lower frequency of fire responses and shrinking budgets. Fire Chiefs across the nation are looking at ways to integrate new roles and responsibilities into their departments. Frequently the topic of EMS transport comes up at the kitchen table. This course will cover who should start a transport agency, who should think hard about it, and who should avoid it all costs! Tips and tricks on keeping close ties with other local EMS agencies, costs, and recovery, and CMS rules will be discussed in general. The SC Debt Set Off Program will be covered along with levels of service and the eternal question of “How many buses do I need?” will be answered…maybe…

Instructor: Robert Wronski

June 28 – 10:30 am-11:15 am

Location: CMCC

Fire Service Diversity

This class puts the issue of Diversity in the forefront. Activities and presentations will not only introduce a unique learning experience but bring uncomfortable subjects into the light.

Instructor: John Jones

June 28 – 10:30 am-11:15 am

Location: CMCC

School Bus Accident- Are You Prepared?

This program is designed present techniques and tips that can assist the firefighter in dealing with accidents involving School Buses. We are going to first take a look school bus anatomy. Resources and equipment needed. Mass Causality and Incident Management. Planning and Training using your local school system as a resource.

Instructor: Keith Wilson

June 28 – 10:30 am-11:15 am

Location: CMCC

Occupancy verses Survivability Profiling: Beyond Simple Size-up

Occupancy profiling verses Survivability profiling is the educated art of examining a situation and making an informed, intelligent decision whether to commit firefighters to a life-saving operations mission or not. Survivability profiling is different from basic risk verses reward because it goes far beyond the tendency to justify risk whenever we respond to an occupied building. This scientific cutting edge program covers size-up components, situational awareness and calculating if civilians are savable before committing firefighters to the interior of a building in an aggressive tactical posture. The students will look at fire scenarios and apply civilian survivability profiling to the scenario, discussing the critical tactical decisions based on scientific reality.

Instructor: Doug Cline 

June 28 – 10:30 am-11:15 am

Location: CMCC

GROW: A Holistic Training System to Improve Performance, Well-Being, and Safety

Firefighters operate in high-risk environments that require physical fitness, mental toughness, and emotional resilience. To perform optimally in these demanding situations, firefighters need a holistic training system that supports and develops the whole person throughout their career. GROW (growth mindset, resiliency, optimization, well-being) is a system that … (MORE)

Instructor: David Schary

June 28 – 10:30 am-11:15 am
June 28 – 3:30 pm-4:45 pm

Location: CMCC

Grant Writing for Emergency Services

Funding for public agencies is hard to come by. The current economy is not much help as taxes are not being paid, bills for services are not being paid, some elected officials want to decrease taxes, etc. Grants can be a good option to help achieve projects that may not otherwise be funded. However, a major issue with grants is that people are not aware of the process and often follow myths versus facts. Thus, this presentation … (MORE)

Instructor: David Hesselmeyer

June 28 – 2:00 pm- 3:15 pm

Location: CMCC

Culture Shock in the Fire Service

November 13th, 2010 Firefighter Chance Hyatt Zoble of the Columbia Fire Department (SC) was tragically killed while operating at a brush fire on a busy interstate just outside the City of Columbia. Since that tragic day nearly 8 years ago, through investigations, instruction and reinforcement, the Columbia Fire Department has taken steps to drastically change nearly every single response consideration while operating on or near the roadway. Through this experience, each CFD member has been educated how to do things differently. But changing the fire department’s culture … (MORE)

Instructor: J. Travis Carricato

June 28 – 2:00 pm- 3:15 pm

Location: CMCC

Leading at the Company Level

It is well known that the transition to Company officer is one of the most difficult transitions in the fire service. This class will offer solutions to many of the challenges that an Officer faces. Attendees will be presented with proven methodologies, behaviors, and new age ideas to allow  … (MORE)

Instructor: Jonah Smith

June 28 – 2:00 pm- 3:15 pm

Location: CMCC

Firefighter Rehab- What we are Doing Right and Wrong

Rehab is one of the most important aspects of an emergency incident that is often overlooked and under-utilized by providers. This course will discuss aspects of Rehab that include, Prehab, Rehab and Posthab. In additional to some cutting-edge changes to the rehab process that will change your mind on how your department is conducting their rehab, backed up with scientific evidence-based medicine.

Instructor: Erica Wood

June 28 – 2:00 pm- 3:15 pm
June 29 – 10:00 am-11:15 am

 

Location: CMCC

Recruitment and Retention: How to Get Good People and Keep Them

Over the years, emergency services agencies have been a revolving door. When recruiting members, we can sometimes get many well qualified candidates, and in other times we seem to not have much to choose from. Recruiting the right candidate, whether volunteer or career, and… (MORE)

Instructor: David Hesselmeyer

June 28 – 3:30 pm-4:45 pm

Location: CMCC

Changing the Will and Battling the Egos in Today’s Fire Service

November 13th, 2010 Firefighter Chance Hyatt Zoble of the Columbia Fire Department (SC) was tragically killed while operating at a brush fire on a busy interstate just outside the City of Columbia. Drawing from personal experience of knowing what it takes to change a department’s behavioral culture after a tragedy, this presentation will explore this and several additional high-profile incidents of LODD lessons learned, as well as significant issues effecting health and safety … (MORE)

Instructor: J. Travis Carricato

June 28 – 3:30 pm-4:45 pm

Location: CMCC

Recruitment and Retention, and why not all turnover is bad…And how to Keep Good Employees

Do you have plenty of extra staff, no open positions, and aren’t anticipating hiring until someone retires? Then this topic isn’t for you. For the rest of us, we will discuss some business practices to help you retain good staff, hire long term productive employees, as well as discuss some common situations that cause good employees to see employment elsewhere, as well as when you should wish them the best of luck on their future endeavors, with no hard feelings.

Instructor: Dan Greenhaus

June 28 – 3:30 pm-4:45 pm
June 29 – 1:00 pm-2:15 pm

Location: CMCC

A Beautiful Mess

Heroes are made and broken by the events that they experience. They are defined by the actions when faced with adversity. Each emotion is put to the test and individuals have to find their true self in the end. When we fail to control our emotions, we begin to make awful decisions. We will explore how to balance our emotions to make us more resilient as we face the obstacles that come with the job. We will look at mastering the different emotions to find a new level of happiness.

Instructor: Angie Stewart

June 29 – 10:00 am-11:15 am

Location: CMCC

6 Critical Structure Fire Conditions that Shout. “Watch Out!”

At any incident, the number one priority is life safety. By simply doing their jobs, first responders face the possibility of injury or death. However, this danger is often controllable because present and potential hazards are usually recognizable and predictable. However, a great difficulty for fire personnel is to maintain situational awareness in an ever-changing, dynamic fire ground. Adapting the US Forest Service’s “18 Situations that shout “Watch Out” from the wildland firefighting to… (MORE)

Instructor: J.Travis Carricato

June 29 – 10:00 am-11:15 am

Location: CMCC

The Initial Line: Getting it Right the First Time

Receive and introduction to the best methods and techniques to ensure that the first-arriving engine is successful in the four areas of the initial fire ground action of placing a fire suppression line in service. This class will address the production an effective attack package to ensure success on the fire ground. Study the elements of the stretch, the placement, the advancement, … (MORE)

Instructor: Jonah Smith

June 29 – 10:00 am-11:15 am

Location: CMCC

Stress, Trauma, and the Crucial Conversation

In basic first aid, we are taught to recognize the universal sign for choking. Unfortunately, there is no universal sign for someone struggling with a mental health problem or substance use disorder. Although there is new and emerging research on the impact of trauma and stress on firefighters and emergency service personnel, a gap remains in basic education and awareness. All firefighters and emergency service personnel must be trained to recognize and appropriately engage someone who is dealing with a mental health problem, regardless of its cause. Culture change starts with education, awareness, and accountability. Eliminating stigma requires consistent effort. Our personnel are and will always be our greatest asset.

Instructor: Michael Allora

June 29 – 9:00 am- 1015 am
June 29 – 10:30 am-11:15 am

Location: CMCC

Traffic Incident Management (TIM) Responder Training

This will be a table top demonstration. TIM Consists of a planned and coordinated multidisciplinary process to detect, respond to and clear traffic incidents so that traffic flow may be restored as safely and quickly as possible. … (MORE)

Instructor: Jeff Allen 

June 29 – 10:00 am-11:15 am

Location: CMCC

SC Firefighter Mobilization… A Statewide Response

SC Firefighter Mobilization… A Statewide Response will cover every facet of the program. Specifically, we will look at the beginning, the legislation behind it and where the program is today. The class will discuss some of the most notable mobilizations and look in depth at the 2018 Hurricane Florence response which is one of the longest mobilizations we have … (MORE)

Instructor: Chad Beam

June 29 – 1:00 pm-2:15 pm

Location: CMCC

Applying a Continuous Improvement Model in the Real World

How can we do ______ better in the future”? Ever heard/said this in your fire department? This course will provide a structured path to assess your fire department services, the community’s risk, and emergency response you provide. The information you develop in the assessment provides a roadmap for the future of your department to improve, piece by piece, in all aspects of your fire department.

Instructor: Stephanie Julazadeh & Kevin Henson

June 29 – 1:00 pm-2:15 pm

Location: CMCC

10 Reasons Engine Companies Fail

The intent of this program is to provide insight as to why engine companies fail to successfully accomplish their assigned tasks.Firefighters, fire officers, and command officers will benefit from this class. These topics are the same today as they were in the“war years,” when the veterans who recently retired from the fire service responded to many more fire calls. Participants will actively participate by identifying, discussing, and addressing engine company roles and responsibilities, training shortfalls, modern fire service equipment, size-up and building construction, engine company tactics, and more.

Instructor: Doug Cline 

June 29 – 1:00 pm-2:15 pm

Location: CMCC

More to Come!

Our team is working on finalizing additional seminars for Fire-Rescue 2019.

Keep checking back!